Psychosocial intersections: Contextualising the accounts of adults from transnational families
Ann Phoenix, London
23. Jan.2009, 09.00 Uhr, Campus Westend, Raum 1.801, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main.
One of the major contributions of intersectional analysis is that it has made it commonplace to recognise that it is crucial to analyse the ways in which people are simultaneously positioned in multiple categories. Intersectionality thus holds the promise of enabling theorisation and analyses that are non-essentializing and reflect the complexity of everyday life, rather than reducing it to simple and single analytic categories. How best this can be achieved, however, remains at issue and is subject to debate. This paper will argue that intersectional analyses require an interdisciplinary, psychosocial approach. This does not mean, however, the end of disciplines, but that those working within disciplines such as psychology and sociology, for example, have creatively to refuse individual-social and structure-agency binaries. The paper draws on accounts from a study of adults looking back on three sets of ‘non-normative’ childhood experiences: serial migration; language brokering and living in visibly ethnically different households. It examines how psychosocial analyses can illuminate the situated, contingent, nature of (reconstructed) experience and identity and how individuals can only be understood within the specific social contexts they negotiate.
Organisation: Verantwortliche: Prof. Helma Lutz, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung, Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften, Robert-Mayer-Str. 5, 60054 Frankfurt am Main; Koordinator_innen: Maria Teresa Herrera Vivar, M.A., Linda Supik, M.A., Nele Zimmermann, Greta Wagner.
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